CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April to August is actually postponed or cancelled. It now looks likely that little will return till 2021.
Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young king and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But when the Princess of France and her entourage arrive, it isn't long before the all-male ?academe' have broken every one of their self-imposed rules. Shakespeare's boisterous send-up of all those who try to turn their back on life is a dazzling parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright's arsenal, from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations to drunkenness and bust-ups. It's a banquet of language, groaning with puns, rhymes and grotesque coinages. Barrie Rutter directs a charismatic cast of 17 multi-talented northern actors who will literally fill the stage in this fast-paced battle of the sexes. In true Broadsides' style there'll be rousing song and dance, scintillating performances, jaw-dropping comic timing and hilarious ?steal-the-show' scenes.
Performers , Hester Arden , Emily Aston , Kelsey Brookfield , Matt Connor , Andy Cryer , Sophie Hatfield , Adam Fogerty , Fine Time Fontayne , Rebecca Hutchinson , Catherine Kinsella , Andrew Vincent , Joss Vantyler , Roy North , Barrie Rutter . (May 5 Mat/Eve) Lenny Henry Author . Shakespeare Company (in partnership with the New Vic Theatre Newcastle-under-Lyme). Northern Broadsides Director . Barrie Rutter Design . Jessica Worrall Lighting . David Philips Musical Director . Conrad Nelson
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